Marcus Lattimore is an unwilling member in a fraternity of elite running backs who returned or are returning from gruesome and devastating knee injuries.
“You couldn’t ask for a greater game,” John Madden said of Super Bowl XLVII, won by the Baltimore Ravens over the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.
If Crabtree and Kaepernick can pull off another outstanding outing in the game of their lives, they’ll take the podium together again for an entertaining back and forth of compliments and good-natured ribbing.
They may be different in style – Frank Gore of the San Francisco 49ers, Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens – but the featured runners at this Super Bowl have at least one thing in common. Plenty of respect for the other guy.
Super Bowl 47 may be the final game for Ray Lewis, but the 49ers have several players who will approach the game with the same mentality. If Baltimore thinks that Ray Lewis’ dramatic return to the field will allow the Ravens to play at the level that has allowed them to get this far, they had better look to the other sideline and what the 49ers are playing for. San Francisco is the hungrier team and playing for far more than their opponent.
The 29-year-old Gore has endured plenty of losses, personal heartache (losing his mother to kidney failure) and a startling string of injuries that might’ve broken a lesser man.
The Super Bowl is suppose to be the best two teams in the NFL battling for football supremacy as well as bragging rights. While there may be questions as to if the two best teams from each conference are playing, there is no denying the talented filling both rosters. In a game with so many Pro Bowlers on the field, it’s often an unlikely hero that can help swing the outcome of the game in their team’s favor. There are several players who can make a name for themselves on Super Bowl Sunday, but the player most likely to do so, is LaMichael James.
The San Francisco 49ers have started practicing for the Super Bowl surrounded by tight security and a lot of autograph-seeking fans hoping to catch a glimpse of their heroes even though the practice field is closed to the public.
Frank Gore will pay closer attention to his socks for the Super Bowl. The San Francisco 49ers running back was fined $10,500 by the NFL on Wednesday after he wore his socks too low in Sunday’s NFC championship game at Atlanta
In a game where the momentum switched hands several times, the 49ers were able to make one more play than the Falcons and will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. San Francisco bounced back from a slow start, and in the end, outplayed the home team. The 49ers have earned themselves a trip to New Orleans, where they will look to reach the pinnacle of the sport.